The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Oxfordshire with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 3 months to 30 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Quality Assurance (QA)
South East / Oxfordshire
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 36 42 52
Rank change year-on-year +6 +10  
Contract jobs citing QA 25 12 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxfordshire 4.44% 2.40% 2.18%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.46% 25.53% 19.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 9 7
Median daily rate £450 £425 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +41.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £505 £370
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £28.25 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.76% +6.84%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Oxfordshire with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Oxfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 65 47 77
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxfordshire 11.55% 9.42% 11.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 34 42
Median daily rate £425 £250 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +70.00% -33.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 4
Median hourly rate £15.75 £32.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.78% +28.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £17.50 £17.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.75 £38.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Oxfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Oxfordshire citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Oxfordshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Oxfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Oxfordshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Oxfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Oxfordshire over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Oxfordshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Oxfordshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Oxfordshire

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Contract Job Locations in Oxfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Oxfordshire region over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Oxford -6 5 £450 -5.26% 2
Abingdon - 3 £413 - 2
Thame - 1 - -
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South East

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Oxfordshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 26 (63.41%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (39.02%) TDD
2 16 (39.02%) Selenium
3 15 (36.59%) BDD
4 13 (31.71%) Cucumber
5 12 (29.27%) Java
5 12 (29.27%) Scrum
6 10 (24.39%) Automated Testing
6 10 (24.39%) JIRA
7 9 (21.95%) Regression Testing
7 9 (21.95%) Jenkins
8 8 (19.51%) PHP
9 7 (17.07%) JavaScript
9 7 (17.07%) Load Testing
9 7 (17.07%) Data Quality
9 7 (17.07%) Non-Functional Testing
10 6 (14.63%) Defect Management
10 6 (14.63%) Continuous Improvement
10 6 (14.63%) User Acceptance Testing
10 6 (14.63%) Unit Testing
10 6 (14.63%) Kanban
10 6 (14.63%) Web Development
10 6 (14.63%) Finance
11 5 (12.20%) Migration
11 5 (12.20%) Web Services
11 5 (12.20%) PRINCE2
11 5 (12.20%) JBoss
11 5 (12.20%) Degree
11 5 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
11 5 (12.20%) WebDriver

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Oxfordshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (12.20%) JBoss
2 3 (7.32%) WebSphere
2 3 (7.32%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (4.88%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 4 (9.76%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.44%) Google Analytics
2 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.76%) MongoDB
2 2 (4.88%) MySQL
2 2 (4.88%) NoSQL
3 1 (2.44%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 16 (39.02%) Selenium
2 13 (31.71%) Cucumber
3 10 (24.39%) JIRA
4 9 (21.95%) Jenkins
5 5 (12.20%) WebDriver
6 3 (7.32%) Git (software)
6 3 (7.32%) Jasmine
6 3 (7.32%) Protractor
7 2 (4.88%) SoapUI
8 1 (2.44%) FitNesse
8 1 (2.44%) JBehave
8 1 (2.44%) JMeter
8 1 (2.44%) Mocha
8 1 (2.44%) SpecFlow
8 1 (2.44%) Subversion
8 1 (2.44%) TeamCity
General
1 6 (14.63%) Finance
2 4 (9.76%) Publishing
3 2 (4.88%) Banking
4 1 (2.44%) Back Office
4 1 (2.44%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 13 (31.71%) Analyst
2 7 (17.07%) QA Engineer
2 7 (17.07%) QA Leader
3 6 (14.63%) QA Analyst
3 6 (14.63%) Test Leader
3 6 (14.63%) Tester
4 5 (12.20%) QA Automation Engineer
4 5 (12.20%) QA Tester
4 5 (12.20%) Test Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Automation Test Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Project Manager
5 4 (9.76%) QA Automation Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) QA Test Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Test Engineer
6 3 (7.32%) Automation Engineer
6 3 (7.32%) Automation Test Lead
6 3 (7.32%) Developer
6 3 (7.32%) QA Automation Tester
6 3 (7.32%) Quality Manager
6 3 (7.32%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (12.20%) Web Services
2 4 (9.76%) HTML
2 4 (9.76%) Node.js
3 3 (7.32%) Behat
3 3 (7.32%) JSON
4 2 (4.88%) AngularJS
5 1 (2.44%) Chai
5 1 (2.44%) CSS
5 1 (2.44%) CSS3
5 1 (2.44%) Gherkin
5 1 (2.44%) HTML5
5 1 (2.44%) jQuery
5 1 (2.44%) REST
5 1 (2.44%) RESTful
5 1 (2.44%) Sass
5 1 (2.44%) Spring
5 1 (2.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.76%) User Experience
2 3 (7.32%) Data Centre
2 3 (7.32%) PMI
3 2 (4.88%) Photography
3 2 (4.88%) Social Media
4 1 (2.44%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.44%) Fat Client
4 1 (2.44%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.44%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.44%) Android
1 1 (2.44%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (63.41%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (39.02%) TDD
3 15 (36.59%) BDD
4 12 (29.27%) Scrum
5 10 (24.39%) Automated Testing
6 9 (21.95%) Regression Testing
7 7 (17.07%) Load Testing
7 7 (17.07%) Non-Functional Testing
8 6 (14.63%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (14.63%) Defect Management
8 6 (14.63%) Kanban
8 6 (14.63%) Unit Testing
8 6 (14.63%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (14.63%) Web Development
9 5 (12.20%) Automation Testing
9 5 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (12.20%) Migration
9 5 (12.20%) PRINCE2
10 4 (9.76%) SDLC
11 3 (7.32%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (29.27%) Java
2 8 (19.51%) PHP
3 7 (17.07%) JavaScript
4 3 (7.32%) C#
5 1 (2.44%) Ruby
5 1 (2.44%) Scala
Qualifications
1 5 (12.20%) Degree
2 3 (7.32%) PMI Certification
2 3 (7.32%) PMP
3 1 (2.44%) HND
3 1 (2.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (17.07%) Data Quality
2 2 (4.88%) PMO
3 1 (2.44%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 2 (4.88%) Microsoft
1 2 (4.88%) New Relic
2 1 (2.44%) Google
2 1 (2.44%) Oracle